I enjoyed this year’s NYSCATE (New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) Conference last week. It was great to hear and see what other educators are doing with technology. For me, the highlight was presenting.
My presentation was on using open source server software and commercial web hosting to create educational websites. I had never presented before and I was a little stressed, but I feel that it went well and I had the feeling that several attendees walked out with information that they would be using at their schools.
Those interested in more information about the presentation can visit the Jumpstart course on this site where you will find a Quicktime Movie of the presentation, the handouts in pdf form, as well as links to some of the resources I referred to (a work in progress). There are also a few discussion forums that I hope will draw participants whether or not they attended the presentation.
I also particularly enjoyed Will Richardson and Gary Stager. I saw part of their final keynote discussion and saw the rest via podcast. I also attended one of the one hour session presented by Gary. I have to say that I now feel rather inadequate in terms of my integration and use of technology in education. I have to hand it to both Will and Gary for their discussions and their willingness to get up close and conversational in their one hour sessions. Unfortunately, I could not attend Will’s as I was presenting at the same time.
I’m going to work in earnest to incorporate some of the new ideas into my life and instruction, as well as redouble my efforts to implement things that I have done already more frequently. I just installed a WordPress Blog on this site and will be customizing it and adding technorati and digg style tags to the site as soon as I get my head around the concepts.
I look forward to future such gatherings and plan to present again, and perhaps expand upon what I have done in the Jumpstart session. I also might go to the Hudson Valley Conference this March in Hoosick Falls.